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Back To School Letter
Dear GVHS Students/Parents/Guardians,

I would like to welcome you back to another enthusiastic year at Grand Valley High School! There two new faces in our teaching staff, and I would like to welcome Kathy Reed to our Science Department and Misty McCormick to our Math Department. The staff and I are very excited that you have entrusted your student’s education to us. We are committed to making every effort to help your student achieve academic and social success. It is our goal to create an enriching learning environment that engages our students.

• Thursday, August 16, 2018 we will be offering a Freshmen and New Student Parent night from 5:30-6:30 pm at Grand Valley High School for you to meet your students’ teachers as well as learn about the transition your student is making from their previous educational experience.
• Thursday, August 16, 2018 will be a MANDATORY fall athletic meeting from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
• Monday, August 20, 2018 is our Freshmen and New Student Orientation, it will be hosted by our very own student leadership team from 7:40 am to 12:00 noon, at Grand Valley High School. We strongly encourage all new students of GVHS to attend. There will not be transportation provided by the school but we will end the day with a BBQ.
• Tuesday, August 21, 2018 is the first day of school for all GVHS Students. First bell rings at 7:30 am with the tardy bell at 7:40 am. Can’t wait to have you all back in the building.
• Class supply lists can be found on the high school website under the “Teacher” link organized by teacher. If you are unable to provide supplies for your student please let the office know and we can help provide your student with what they need to be successful.
• Please have your student bring their Student ID from last year and use it until new ones are provided.
• Included in this letter is your student’s schedule, for the sake of the process, if you have questions or concerns please contact Mrs. Abbey on the first day of school.
• If you live out of district, you will need to submit a letter requesting enrollment for the 2018/2019 school year by August 21st. Please send letter to Kim Finn at the District Office.

We strongly encourage parents and the community to be involved in these conversations surrounding students. If your student needs additional support, or if you have a concern, please do not hesitate to contact their teacher or me personally. It is our mission to support your student by whatever means necessary. Grand Valley High School is fortunate to have resources available, which are necessary to support our students and their families. On behalf of the entire staff at Grand Valley High School, we thank you for your support and cooperation. Welcome to the New School Year!

Sincerely,

Ryan Frink
Principal
Grand Valley High School
Welcome to the new home of the Grand Valley Cardinals
Grand Valley High School is the home of the Fighting Cardinals. The new Grand Valley High School was finished in September, 2002. It is located approximately 200 miles west of Denver and 45 miles east of Grand Junction off Interstate 70 in Parachute, Colorado.

Our Mission: Together we will continue to build purposeful relationships that will enhance the lives of students.

Our Vision: We are dedicated to defining and creating optimal learning environments which will provide our students an individualized, well-rounded education.

The Cardinal Rule: Do not do anything that might discredit yourself, this school, or this community.
AP for All
Grand Valley High School is one of very few high schools with an AP for All philosophy.

Freshmen: AP Human Geography and AP Environmental Science
Sophomores: AP US History and AP Biology
Juniors: AP United States Government and AP English Literature
Seniors: AP Macroeconomics.
Other courses offered: AB Calculus, BC Calculus, AP Statistics, AP English Language, AP Microeconomics, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP Physics, AP Music Theory, AP Studio Art and AP Art History.

This AP for ALL philosophy has truly raised the level of academic rigor at Grand Valley High School, earning the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award for 2013, the Schools of Opportunity Gold Award in 2015 as well as being accepted to the Colorado Education Initiative Cohort, which recognizes excellence in Advanced Placement course work.